Gloucestershire

Stroud M5 collision leaves woman seriously injured

Traffic at the scene Image copyright Thomas Heywood
Image caption The collision involving five cars and a van took place on the northbound carriageway

A woman was seriously hurt in a crash that forced the partial closure of the M5 in Gloucestershire for eight hours.

The collision involving five cars and a van took place on the northbound carriageway, near Stroud on Wednesday evening.

A number of people had to be cut from their vehicles by firefighters.

A 38-year-old woman, from Ross-on-Wye, who was travelling in the van was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol and has undergone emergency surgery.

Two other people suffered injuries not thought to be life threatening.

A second accident, on the southbound carriageway, hampered attempts to reopen the motorway.

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